Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to marvellous archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, people and events that played a role in the story of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets.
The park stretches three hundred and fifty kilometres, along the Mozambican border on the east and along Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces on the west and is sixty kilometres wide, on average. In general most of the park consists of grass and bush covered plains, better known in South Africa as savanna or bushveld (hence, ‘the bush’).
The border with Moçambique is clear because of the always present Lebombo mountain range that forms a natural barrier. There are a number of rivers flowing from east to west within the park, being the Limpopo, Luvuvhu, Shingwedzi, Letaba, Olifants, Timbavati, Sabie and the Crocodile river from north to south. There are seven entrances or gates to the Kruger National Park, Malelane and Crocodile Bridge in the south; the most accessible from Johannesburg are the Numbi Gate and Paul Kruger Gate; the Orpen Gate close to Blyde River, Phalaborwa, Punda Maria and Pafuri further north.